Underappreciated: Yuri Olesha’s Envy

Monday, September 01, 2008

When it was published in 1927, Yuri Olesha's Envy was celebrated by the Soviet establishment as a condemnation of the bourgeois psyche. But two years later Olesha came under suspicion when Communist officials realized that the novel was a satire. Marian Schwartz, who translated Envy for the New York Review of Books imprint, tells us why Olesha's forgotten masterpiece deserves a second look.

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